Speakeasies

Speakeasy Series: Lightning Talks (SFDI 2016)

SPEAKEASY SERIES: LIGHTNING TALKS is an annual event that happens in conjunction with Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) In this popular evening of performance, presentations, and community dialogue, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) intensive faculty share what’s currently driving their research and practice. Watch video of the 2016 Lightning Talks below! SFDI LIGHTNING TALKS 2016 // Bebe Miller from Velocity Dance Center on Vimeo. SFDI...
Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improvisation Through the Body (SFDI 2016)

Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improvisation Through the Body (SFDI 2016)

SPEAKEASY SERIES: History of Contact Improvisation through the Body: From Unimaginable to Resonance & Meaning Journeying in time from 1972-2016, this demonstration/conversation explores the development of a post modern dance form. Conceived and facilitated by Karen Nelson with Katherine Cook including Stephanie Nugent, Shel Wagner Rasch, Cyrus Khambatta, Aaron Schwartzman, Arwen Wilder, Krista DeNio, and Cathie Caraker. Watch the Speakeasy here: Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improv Through...
The Color of Dance Speakeasy: Showing Out 2016 Contemporary Black Choreographers

The Color of Dance Speakeasy: Showing Out 2016 Contemporary Black Choreographers

On Sunday February 28, 2016, Velocity welcomed some of Seattle’s African-American dance luminaries for a Speakeasy entitled The Color of Dance-History of Black Dance in Seattle. We were able to engage with dance artists currently working in Seattle and heard from Seattle Dance legends on whose shoulders we stand. The event was hosted by Dani Tirrell, and featured Melba Ayco, Tyrone Crosby (Koach T), Alex Crozier, Jade...
You're Never Too Old to Dance with Edna Daigre

You’re Never Too Old to Dance with Edna Daigre

On Sunday, February 28 2016, Edna Daigre participated in our Speakeasy entitled The Color of Dance-History of Black Dance in Seattle. Check out this article from our friend Marcie Sillman and KUOW profiling Edna. You’re Never Too Old to Dance in Seattle’s Central Area
Speakeasy Series: Keith Hennessy Post-Show Talk

Speakeasy Series: Keith Hennessy Post-Show Talk

Last Sunday, March 13, 2016 Keith Hennessy returned to Velocity to perform his one man show, Bear/Skin, and engaged in post show discussion. Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer’s letter of introduction for the show:  “It changed my life” – that’s how a Seattle artist described the last time Keith Hennessy performed at Velocity. Turbulence (a dance about the economy) was a hybrid of improvised dance happening and political...
Three Generations Speakeasy

Three Generations Speakeasy

THREE GENERATIONS SPEAKEASY: RECENT SEATTLE DANCE HISTORIES The weekend of February 19, 2016, Velocity welcomed Guggenheim Fellow and Seattle dance luminary, Bill Evans, back to our city for a weekend of performance and discussion rooted in Seattle dance histories. Velocity Co-Founder KT Niehoff and Seattle dance historian and writer Sandra Kurtz joined Bill on Sunday to discuss their perspectives on our city’s dance history, and the funding and cultural...
Participate in Process Speakeasy: Bridge Project 2016

Participate in Process Speakeasy: Bridge Project 2016

The Bridge Project is Velocity’s 4-week program for movement-based artists new to making work in Seattle, or who have been making work in Seattle for three years or less. This intensive residency offers four artists up to 45 hours of free rehearsal space for a new project while working with a cast of auditioned dancers. Additionally, all artists receive the creative, financial and administrative support of a...
Art in Prisons Speakeasy

Art in Prisons Speakeasy

Velocity presented the Art in Prisons Speakeasy on Sunday September 13. Leigh Sugar guided a discussion about the current incarceration system in Washington and nation-wide with guest speakers Pat Graney, Lillian Hewko, Eli Hastings, Aaron Counts + Daemond Arrindell. The six artists communicated the significance of the American criminal justice system in which prisoners are separated by physical, racial, socio-economic, and geographic boundaries and, therefore, stripped of...
Darrell Jones Lightning Talk // Velocity SFDI 2014

Darrell Jones Lightning Talk // Velocity SFDI 2014

Darrell Jones gave a stirring talk on identity, community, and vogueing at Velocity Dance Center as a part of the 2014 Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation. Watch the footage of his lightning talk below, and keep the conversation going. You can find other probing topics and inspired artists on the upcoming 2015 SFDI roster. More information about Velocity’s 2015 Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation below // Maximum...
Libretto: How to become a partisan

Libretto: How to become a partisan

The Libretto used in Alice Gosti’s How to become a partisan, which was produced through Velocity’s Made in Seattle program and premiered April 25, 2015. Alvaro Valsenti 93 – by Alice Gosti [ENGL] In the dark matter, sunflowers turn to the sun for a season die and rot in a mash of putrified brown gold is it for me is it for us is it for them...
Mark Haim + Jesse Zaritt Post Performance Discussion at Velocity

Mark Haim + Jesse Zaritt Post Performance Discussion at Velocity

Mark Haim (SEA) and Jesse Zaritt (NYC) lead a community discussion following the showing of their work-in-progress duet created during a workshop and residency at Velocity Dance Center. Haim and Zaritt offer insights into the work and their creative process, and garner an interesting discussion with the audience about the heritage and influence of their work, and the potential and fragility that lies within living dance. Watch...
Identity Riot Speakeasy: Velocity's NFNW 2014

Identity Riot Speakeasy: Velocity’s NFNW 2014

In conjunction with Next Fest NW, Velocity presented the Speakeasy Series: Identity Riot, where we examined the New West from the perspective of feminism, riot grrrls and African-American and Filipino-American dance culture. Hosted by dance artists Cheryl Delostrinos, Kaitlin McCarthy, Jenny Peterson and Dani Tirrell. View the footage of the speakeasy event, and help us continue online the discussion centered around the weaving together of personal history...